Born in 1933, Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended the Harvard and Columbia
University Law Schools, and taught law at Rutgers and Columbia.
During the 1970s, while teaching at Columbia, she was instrumental
in launching the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, and became the
leading advocate in the Supreme Court for gender equality. She was
appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the US Court of Appeals for
the DC Circuit in 1980 and to the US Supreme Court by President
Bill Clinton in 1993. In 2009 Forbes named Ginsburg among
the 100 Most Powerful Women, Glamour named her one of their
1993 Women of the Year and in 2012 presented her with their
Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015 Time listed her as an
Icon in the Time 100, and in 2016 Fortune named her one of
the World's Greatest Leaders.
Mary Hartnett is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law, focusing on international women's human rights.
Wendy W. Williams is Professor Emerita at Georgetown Law, best known for her work in the area of gender and law, especially concerning issues of work and family.